Saturday, 10 March 2012

Whisky Discovery #44

The English Whisky Company Chapter 11 (46% abv OB Distilled March 2008, Bottled Nov 2011)
English Single Malt Whisky
Circa £45 70cl

Just a snifter this time
This is the first heavily peated whisky to be produced in England, and peated barley at about 60 ppm phenols was used. Again with only small plastic tots to taste this whisky I’m unable to go into detail, but it there was a definite Islay flavour to this malt. These are the distiller’s notes:

Nose: Sweet and creamy with hints of ginger biscuits, aniseed and white pepper. Also vanilla and pear drops along with the grappa nose.

Taste: Creamy and clean barley at first, then the peat and pepper slowly build and fill every corner of the mouth, without overpowering. Ginger biscuits, lemon and lime followed by savoury dry peat and then more tropical fruits (pineapple, mango).

Finish: Fruitier than the cask strength on the long, soft finish, but still lightly peppered and citrusy on the sides of the tongue. Very mouth watering and the peat is more prominent than on the cask strength.

Awards: Master in Whisky Masters 2011 and 92 points in Jim Murray’s 2012 bible

Another one for the list, we'll get there one dram at a time!

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